Arts and Culture

Exploring Otherness and Noel Mostert on our Lists this week
Exploring Otherness and Noel Mostert on our Lists this week
Kindness: Otherness. These days I’m hanging out in a sonic community of hyper-contemporary musicians...
Will murder affect artist’s work?
Will murder affect artist’s work?
If the upheaval that followed last year’s inclusion of artist Zwelethu Mthethwa’s work in the Our Lady exhibition at Iziko South...
Joe Mafela: A giant of a man
Joe Mafela: A giant of a man
In ’Sgudi ’Snaysi, the handle by which S’dumo often went was imbungulu (parasite), bestowed on him by his archnemesis, the fahfee-playing Louisa....
Heard it on the radio: Musicians need the airwaves to make it
Heard it on the radio: Musicians need the airwaves to make it
Rapper Riky Rick captured media and public attention last week when he announced his departure from Mabala Noise, the controversial label to which...
Muses are the new black
Muses are the new black
As part of the popular First Thursdays series of art events held in Johannesburg, Umuzi — an NGO that aims to transform the creative industry...
Fantasy fails to enchant
Fantasy fails to enchant
ELEVATION: THE THOUSAND STEPS by Helen Brain (Human & Rousseau)
Liberation politics from the excluded
Liberation politics from the excluded
How are we to begin to think about emancipation in Africa today after the collapse of the Marxist, the Third World nationalist and the neoliberal...
Low-key for the woke gang
Low-key for the woke gang
On Thursday March 9 2017, I attended the public lecture In Conversation with Ericka Huggins, an early member of the Black Panther Party in the...
On our Lists this week: Leye Adenie and architectural gems in Jo'burg and Cape Town
On our Lists this week: Leye Adenie and architectural gems in Jo'burg and Cape Town
Midnite — Arise Again. A dude I know once called Rastas the slow kids of the Black Consciousness movement who...
The weekly pop sack: It’s a movie
The weekly pop sack: It’s a movie
The South Africa we’ve come to know, love and loathe is back for another season after a riveting 2016. We’re fast learning that just because...
Shaka epic born anew, in isiZulu
Shaka epic born anew, in isiZulu
One of the principal functions of uNodumehlezi ka Menzi, the late Professor Mazisi Kunene’s original isiZulu manuscript for his widely...
​‘Kalushi’ is a meeting of history and cinema
​‘Kalushi’ is a meeting of history and cinema
There is a moment in Kalushi, Mandla Dube’s film about Umkhonto we Sizwe operative Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, when towards the end of his...
Subtle views reframe Sharpeville
Subtle views reframe Sharpeville
In the public imagination, the memory of Sharpeville is frozen on March 21 1960, the day 69 people were shot and killed by the police during an...
Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
“If you [hoist the movement flag] tomorrow, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain....
Breaking the chains that bind
Breaking the chains that bind
One does not need to elaborate on how historic a moment it is to be seated in front of legendary Kenyan writer and academic Professor Ngugi wa...

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